The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has launched a digitalization initiative for downstream operations, called the Automated Downstream System (ADS).
The program which is in line with DPR’s alignment with the government’s ease of doing business was designed to improve the overall efficiency of its downstream regulatory performance.
The initiative will achieve its objectives by reducing application processing time, enhancing transparency, providing a platform for accurate downstream statistics, integrating with other stakeholders for document verification purposes and improving revenue collection.
The program consists of Retail Outlet Monitoring (ROMS) license for kerosene peddlers, retail stations and industrial consumers; Import/Export Permit (IMPEX) for petroleum products; Coastal Vessel Licence (CVL); Lube Oil Blending Plant Licence (LOBL); Depot Licence (DL); and Refining Processing Licence (RPL).
According to the statement, “These digitization initiatives of the DPR are integrated into the Corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application system which is the platform for our business system automation.”
DPR also announced that it no longer accepts manual processing of downstream applications as all applications for licenses and permits have been migrated to digital platforms, following the automation.
Hence, applicants are advised to visit the Electronic License and Permit System (ELPS) portal on www.dpr.gov.ng to key into the system.
They are required to create a company account by completing the corporate profile; apply for license or permit required; pay application fee online or through bank branches nationwide; upload the required documents in PDF or TIFF file format; review and submit application for processing, and wait for the issuance of license or permit by the DPR.
In the same vein, DPR disclosed in the statement that it has introduced the Smart Inspector solution to ease technical inspection, real-time data gathering and monitoring of oil and gas facilities to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.
“DPR will continue to provide robust regulatory oversight for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria in furtherance of its vision to be a leading regulator in the global oil and gas space.”, the statement concluded.